Pre-Welcome Week Programs

Connect with Campus Early

Why wait until Welcome Week to meet fellow bulldogs? You can serve within the community, hone your leadership skills, prepare for college life, learn what goes into planning a major sporting event, or have a wilderness adventure. Regardless of which you choose, start connecting with other Butler students early! The application and registration process for these programs will open on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Specific information for each program, including dates, cost, schedules, and requirements will be available at that date. For a snapshot of each program, please check out the descriptions below:



is a week long program that focuses on service and leadership. Participants will engage in daily service projects, interact in small groups with their peers, and discuss social issues with community members. Fun evening activities round out each day, providing plenty of opportunities to get to know classmates and the city of Indianapolis.


Embark on a 10-day trip to London and Paris with a study abroad advisor before your Butler classes even begin! An exciting travel itenerary has been designed to combine tourism with several visits to overseas schools to showcase the kinds of study abroad opportunities available to you. Spots are limited. 


acquaints new, underrepresented, domestic, and international student with current students, faculty and staff in a more intimate setting. Participants will engage in academic enrichment, service-learning, and leadership workshops, and complete a volunteer service project to facilitate holistic student development. Social activities including a trip to Kings Island Amusement Park, an Art party on Mass Avenue — the trendy arts and cultural district downtown Indianapolis — and a Cosmic Bowling party highlight the weeklong program agenda.


Indianapolis recently appeared alongside Copenhagen and Melbourne on Metropolis Magazine’s list of nine global cities to watch. Explore the diverse corners of Indy’s cultural districts and their social, professional, and natural hot spots. Meet young professionals and seasoned leaders who work in nonprofit, private, and government businesses that define and are connected to Indianapolis’ vibrant downtown. These local professionals and civic leaders will become part of your academic career network before you even step into your first class at Butler.


explores how large sporting events like the Indy 500, Final 4, and the Super Bowl are coordinated. Find out what it is like to go behind the scenes of a sports facility and talk to people who make events happen or hear form some of the “players” who make sports a great spectacle. Create memories and new friendships, get a head start on your Butler experience, and learn about the city by visiting the places and people who have made Indianapolis the sports capital of the world.


provides an adventure that begins by traveling from Butler to Morengo Cave National Landmark in southern Indiana. You will also kayak on the Blue River and take a trip to Red River Gorge, Kentucky to hike and camp in the Natural Bridge State Park. There you will experience Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure and Red River Gorge zip line tour! You will then travel back to campus to experience Butler’s High Challenge Course. Each of you will have the opportunity to establish a community and lasting friendships!